Singer Timi Dakolo and his photographer wife, Busola, this afternoon held a press conference in Lagos.
Speaking at the press conference, Timi revealed Busola told him about the rape incident last year. According to him, she had made several attempts to tell him but she would stop until last year when she summoned the courage and opened up to him. He said after his wife said her truth to him, he was saddened that such a thing could happen to her in church. According to him, he encouraged her to tell her story to the world no matter the circumstance. He vowed to be by his wife’s side all through this journey.
The singer raised concerns on the manner in which the letter of summons was delivered to him and his wife yesterday Saturday, July 19th by the police. Timi maintained that what happened at his house yesterday was nothing but intimidation. He wondered why the policemen will send armed men to come to invite him and his wife for questioning.
He alleged threat to his life and family since Busola spoke out her truth. According to him, strange people have shown up at his place unannounced at several times. He also said that some persons have also trailed himself and his wife whenever they go out.
He said his wife filed a petition against Fatoyinbo at the police station on June 27th, a day before the interview where she made the allegation was released.
He refuted claims that he is seeking financial gains with the rape saga. According to Timi, he is a singer who makes money from performances as well as collect royalties from some of his works. He also added that he writes songs for some foreign artistes.
Timi said there is a difference between a sin and a crime and that anyone who commits a crime must pay for it. He added that Nigerians have encourage dthe culture where victims of abuse are forced to keep quiet and carry the bargage to their matrimonial homes where they cannot even reveal such to their spouses.
Responding to the allegation that he had stated in a previous interview that he met Busola a virgin, Timi said he never had any interview where he said such a thing. According to him, he found it abnormal for him to sit with someone to discuss his wife’s sexuality.
Addressing a question on how Busola was doing, the father of three said no one can say exactly how she is feeling but that she is currently seeing a psychologist who she can bare her mind to.
Also speaking at the press conference, the Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria, Yemi Adamolekun, revealed that Timi’s lawyers, Falana and Falana, will be sending a letter to the police tomorrow Monday, July 22nd for clarity on the summons delivered on Saturday. According to her, the summon delivered yesterday had some inconsistency that needs to be cleared before Timi and Busola can respond to it.